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Originally Posted by heldt123
Even though genetics plays a role as well, I'm sure, I think the benefits outweigh the risks, especially if someone has a tendancy to get cavities. Oh, and fillings, etc... cost much, much more $$$$$$$ than the sealers
|For 30 years, dentists have used a class of plastic resins to seal teeth from decay-causing bacteria and to help repair teeth that have developed cavities.
Now, a new study reports that significant quantities of bisphenol A, a chemical building block of these resins, can leach into the saliva of treated patients.
In the body, this chemical can emulate the female sex hormone estrogen.
Exposure to estrogenlike agents-especially during fetal or early postnatal development-can trigger gender-bending changes (SN: 7/15/95, p. 44) or reproductive havoc (SN: 1/22/94, p. 56). They may also foster cancer in reproductive organs such as the breast (SN: 7/3/93, p. 10).
"I would be concerned about the possibility of high levels of this chemical getting into a child. And until we learn more about its biological effects, as a parent I would therefore err on the side of caution" when it comes to using dental sealants.
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